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Old 05-01-2011, 04:39 AM
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Bathing anxiety

When I bath my pup I can get her quite relaxed whilst in the bath (sometimes, oter times she thrashes around) but when she is out of the bath she continues to shake for hours after even once she is dry and stuff. I bathed her about 3 hrs ago and she is now sleeping on me but is still shaking. What can I do? She won't take treats when she is over excited/stressed so I can't treat her in the bath to settle her but I did give her treats once i had dried her.
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Old 05-01-2011, 12:41 PM
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Awww bless her. If she's thoroughly dried it can't be anything like a chill, so maybe it just unsettles her. The only thing I can suggest id perhaps loads of reassurance and fuss before, during and after her bath. My poppy doesn't like having a bath and she will make a point of 'sulking' literally. So to counter this I have to make such a fuss of her, gradually she has got better when she has a bath.
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Is she actually relaxed in the bath or is she just scared/cowed? She would be stiff, ears back, whites of eyes showing - looking defeated, basically. She may actually be relaxed in the bath and cold afterward, but from your brief description, it sounds more like she has learned to tolerate the bath but doesn't like it, so when she is out of it, she is stressed because she just went through something she has learned to be helpless through.

Here's a good video on how to teach your dog to enjoy the whole bath.
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ditto seebrown... great advice
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I can't watch the video on my
Phone but will look next time I have the compute on.
She doesn't exactly enjoy the bath ad wAs shakin before
It but I was playing and reassuring her before it and then she was fine and then she just sat thru the bath. It could be a chill because I have to towel dry her because she hates the noise of the hair dryer and being blown on. I try to get her as dry as possible but she is always a little damp. It doesn't seem to be shaking from a chill tho it's really wired. I'll watch the video. thanks for your help
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Do you believe she's shaking due to anxiety or the cold? If it's the cold, you might have to get her used to the hair dryer. I have to use one, as otherwise my dogs' coats take hours to dry. In the bathroom, I sit on the floor with my dog and blow dry them, rubbing their fur with either my hand or a towel. My hand is always between them and the dryer, as the dryer can heat up quickly without you noticing otherwise. Keep the dryer away from your dog's ears. Carefully cover her ears with a hand while drying around them. Comfort her, but not too much, or she'll learn to cringe for attention. Talk to her like all is good. I don't make my dogs stay still. I let them move around a bit, but position myself where I can get the dryer on them. All the while I let them know how good they're doing, and it works out.

Stick with it, and if your dog just won't acclimate to the dryer, grab a dry towel and wrap her up if she likes to be held like that. If not, maybe make drying her into a game. Some of my dogs go nuts when I start towel-drying them. It's one of their favorite things.
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Sounds to me like the whole bath thing is extremely traumatizing for her, and she is still shaking with fear hours later.

What you may see as "relaxed" in the bath, may actually be total overwhelm and shutdown.

TBH, most dogs don't need regular bathing, unless they get into something gross. Regular bathing is sort of a human conception. Dogs don't sweat like us and get all stinky, nor do most breeds have a lot of oil in their coats, like human hair. If your dog enjoys swimming, just a regular dip in clear water, on a voluntary basis, keeps a dog pretty clean!

Maybe you can save the pup the upset of baths, but if she is a breed that really does need a lot of baths, follow Seebrown's video on counter conditioning the bath so its not so terrifying for her.
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You could also try using a diffuser on your blowdryer. The "wind" isn't strong then.
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Thanks for your help. She's a Maltese shihtzu and always gets out in the garden and gets smelly but I try and wash her only once a fortnight. She hates water and the noise of the hair dryer I thunk is what scares her however when I bathed her the other day I did manage to get he to have a not of blow drying
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